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rated 4.01 / 5 stars
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Action - Shooter - Vertical Flight

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May 17, 2011 | 4:19 AM EDT

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Shmusicup (Shoot-music-up) is a hybrid of a rhythm/music game and a shoot'em up where the enemy bullet patterns are generated by any mp3 chosen from your music collection!

Choose an mp3 from your computer or select one of the free songs provided to begin.

Arrow keys - Movement
Z - Shoot
X - Bomb
P - Pause
C - Continue

More instructions can be found in the game, under "How to Play".

Awesome to get awarded "Daily 2nd Place - 05/18/2011"!

Thanks for all the support and votes! If you liked Shmusicup please recommend us for a collection as well! Would be great to be featured in the shooters collection here!

**Major update 09/06/11**
Released Flare stage and Graze mode for free! Experience the intense bullet patterns of Flare!

Thank you as well for all the reviews and feedback, as much as we want to reply to each individual, we are getting quite busy with fixing bugs and testing out suggestions for improvements so we apologise if we missed out anyone. Rest assured that we read through each and every one of the reviews though, so your voices and feedback are definitely heard!

- Update -
21/5/11 - Added error message for players who experience the bug in some browsers where more than one Flash is running
20/5/11 - Fixed album art bug

Note: After much investigation and research we finally found out the problem where some players cannot play the game in some browsers. Unfortunately this problem lies in the Adobe Flash plugin, and is caused when more than one Flash is running (including advertisements). The bug is in the computeSpectrum command, which we used in our game. Adobe has already been notified of the bug and a detailed bug report can be found here: a/browse/FP-147

This problem is most prominent in Google Chrome, whereas most players with Firefox and Safari are fine, although some did reported the issue. (An update to the Flash player should solve the issue in Firefox / Safari). So far there have not been complaints for Internet Explorer.

The game now traps the error and provides instructions on how to work around it. A workaround for this problem is to either close any other Flash running, or run the game in a different web browser. Alternatively PC players can also download the game from

It has been an arduos task trying to fix this elusive bug, and we're pretty disappointed that in the end we need to depend on Adobe's fix, which obviously will take some time.

Very sorry for the inconvenience caused. We hope that Adobe resolves this issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Quite Great

The Gameplay:I played it like I played Bullet Heaven and it wasn't too awesome(even though the mp3 using system is awesome because I rarely see any game has that feature),but the only flaw is that when you get the Level 4 upgrade of the bullets,shooting sideways seems really bad because it only hits when you shoot at the middle of the boss(in the boss).

the graphics wasn't too extraordinary,not bad either.It's a good thing the background changes between levels.However,I found it to be laggy on very slow computers,so I think an option to lower the game quality(like most flash games have)would be lag reducing.

the controls were never a problem to me.never.except the absence of the mouse control makes the game a little bad because I like using the mouse rather than the keyboard(Of course if you do make mouse controls try to limit the speed!).

Other suggestions:Make an option to change whether the background moves or not since i'm sure this is a cause of lag.

It would be better if the characters had more than one ability(example:the bombs can reflect the bosses/enemies bullets rather than just the bomb taking all the bullets.Add this to every single character so no mode will be less played.
This also might be a good reason to add more characters.also try to make the bullet upgrades different for each character.

Make unlockable cheats(Heh....)and mods make really unfair cheats like infinite health causes the player not able to submit his/her score into the high score boards.On the other hand,mods that make the game harder like the bullets being invisible after launched by the enemy after a while.

Maybe if the keyboard controls were customizeable it would be better.

Of course make enemies before you fight the boss(or something like that).

Sorry for my maybe bad English.

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Tzai responds:

Hey wapiti4, glad that you like the game! Great suggestions you have there! I particularly like the bombs and disappearing bullets idea, sounds fun! We will take note and look at more ways to improve the game, thanks for your feedback!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I didn't know you could do this in flash!

Wow I'm impressed at the potential this game has. You can totally add more bosses with their own atk patterns and possibly multiple difficulty levels so that ppl can complete songs that happen to be hard on easier difficulty.

Notes: when I finish a song, I see the score totaling thing which shows score for each bonus and the total and then I see all of those numbers become 0 before the total score screen shows up with just the total score. It would be nice if that was all on one screen so we know how to get more points.

Also, it would be nice to have a music progress bar that shows how much time is left.

Also it seems that the weapons upgrade that gives the diagonal shots are rather weak compared to the homing shots later and the straight shots earlier since they are less likely to hit. Maybe adding small minion enemies will balance this?

Also, would be nice to know relative difficulty of the different bosses.

Very promising game, hope to see future versions with more features.

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Tzai responds:

Hi chen52808, thanks for your suggestions! We will take note of the points you raised and improve the game. Great that you like it!


Rated 0 / 5 stars

I hate to say but...

I tried every letter on the keyboard, but it won't shoot. I mean the game looks great and entertaining, I just wish I could play it.

Tzai responds:

Oops RiCEmann, seems like the problem is not only the keyboard layout! Very sorry that you couldn't play. If you would be so kind to send us your OS, browser and keyboard layout through a pm we will greatly appreciate the help in investigating this issue! In the mean time you might want to try out the extended version or download version at and see if the keys work there. Thanks for the feedback and sorry for the inconvenience!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

To the guy below

Press Y

Tzai responds:

Hi DarkKingBernard, thank you very much for the clarification! I sort of suspected it might be because of the qwertz keyboard layout. We'll have to look into this and see if we can implement a workaround without changing the buttons completely and alienating current players. Thanks for the great rating as well!


Rated 0 / 5 stars

Oh ****


Tzai responds:

Hi 11223330, sorry you didn't manage to play. The Z button seems to be working on our machines on all browsers, may I know what keyboard layout you are using? We are looking into this issue and wish to get it fixed asap! Thanks for the help!